Bard Early College seeks students who are intellectually motivated, curious, and eager for a challenge. BECNO’s unique application process is designed to identify and select applicants based on these qualities, irrespective of a young person’s previous academic record. Moreover, the application process aims to provide all applicants with a preview of what goes on in the Bard classroom.

Admissions Timeline

While we are eager to hear from interested young people throughout the year, the formal application process begins in the spring semester (exact dates differ by high school) and admissions decisions are finalized by the beginning of June. Below is a sample admissions timeline for each BECNO program. Due to scheduling and high school credit requirements, students’ program eligibility depends on their high school. For more information on current program partnerships, click here.

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Traditional Program

Degree-Granting Program

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